Crude Alternatives: Energy Industry Heavyweights Debate Fuels of the Future
With the world's energy demands expected to increase more than three-fold over the next century, ExxonMobil and Shell executives acknowledge the necessity (and difficulty) of unseating inexpensive and efficient crude oil and coal...
Can America Lead the Global Electric Car Industry?
U.S.-made electric cars face a maze of export restrictions
Will Electric Cars Be Made in America?
For electric cars that run on American roads, it just might make the most business sense to build them in America
General Motors Seeks Second Life for Volt Battery
What will happen to electric car batteries once they've powered their last mile?
Automotive X PRIZE winners take a victory lap through New York City and ponder the future
3 next-gen vehicles take the $10-million Automotive X PRIZE
How Much Global Warming Is Guaranteed Even If We Stopped Building Coal-Fired Power Plants Today?
All the world's power plants, vehicles and factories that presently exist may not emit enough carbon dioxide to cause catastrophic climate change
Carbon Dioxide from Cars, Part 2
Transportation is the fastest-growing source of emissions of carbon dioxide. The U.S. aims to change that with stickers. David Biello reports
Lased and Confused: Off-the-Shelf Infrared Lasers Could Ward Off Missile Attacks on Military Helicopters
A newly developed broad-spectrum laser mounted on choppers could effectively dazzle shoulder-launched antiaircraft weapons in flight, and prevent them from finding and destroying their targets...
Readers Respond on "Revolutionary Rail"
Letters to the editor from the May 2010 issue of Scientific American
Heady days of nanotech funding behind it, the U.S. faces big challenges
Automatic Auto: A Car That Drives Itself
Audi is sending a robotic version of its TTS sports car to navigate to the top of Pikes Peak only guided by computers and GPS
Cool Ride: Carmakers Search for Greener Air Conditioning Refrigerant
Beginning in certain 2013 models, GM promises to use a new AC refrigerant that breaks down faster in the atmosphere than currently used chemicals
Your Next New Car: Cleaner, Greener and Smarter
Luxury, speed and performance are always in demand, but cars of the future will be defined more by their impact on the environment
High-Pressure Hybrids: Fuel-Efficient Hydraulic Vehicles Come of Age
Once relegated to the sidelines due to bulky components and complicated controls, these systems are benefiting from lightweight materials and ecofriendly fluid formulas
Tire-Makers Try Treading Lightly on the Environment
Some new green car tires offered by major manufacturers roll easier and contain less crude oil
Electric Carmakers Focus on Incentives, Not Carbon Prices
Industrial officials meeting in Detroit this week recognize strong federal investment in renewables and ask for that to continue
9 automotive X PRIZE competitors move on to the final round
What will it be like to own an electric car in 2011?
Very few people really know much today about the experience of owning an electric vehicle of course, given that EVs are not widely available. Nissan hopes to change this by the end of the year when its fully electric Leaf debuts...